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November 8, 2014
The HEY! MIKE newspaper (fall, 2013) features a commissioned text by the lawyer Mara Verna coupled with images from the hey! mike project. Verna’s text chronicles how the housing policies of New York City, under Michael Bloomberg’s administration, failed the homeless and ultimately led to a 61 percent increase of the homeless population.
By juxtaposing the two texts, the journalistic essay with the hand crafted paintings, two strategies of transmitting information are highlighted. The one employs the journalistic format and is meant to be informative; it speaks from the objective viewpoint of the educated lawyer/journalist. The other references handcrafted art and requires effort and time to decipher; it speaks with the subjective voice of the solitary individual. Both means of communication bear witness to a socially created hierarchy where some have, while others do not.
The newspaper format continues the mail art strategy employed by the artist throughout the hey! mike project and once again is a give-away destined to reach as many people as possible.
4 page publication on newsprint
15 x 11 inches
Author: Mara Verna
Artist: karen elaine spencer
Editor, Design and Layout : Jack Locke
Produced by: karen elaine spencer
with the support of The Canada Council for the Arts
isbn : 978-0-9313384-1-5